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37 App Ideas for Bootcamp Students & Code Newbies

sylwiavargas profile image Sylwia Vargas ・3 min read

I was recently told that every time we make a to-do list app or a weather app, a koala dies somewhere. Let's stop this together! Below are some app ideas that loosely came to my mind. I added emojis to make it easier for you to identify the apps that could become your passion projects:
πŸ’• helping others / more friends
🌍 sustainable world
πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ social justice
πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ everyday practical
🎁 misc

1. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• An app locating the closest mta stop with an elevator
2. 🌍 πŸ’• Food-sharing app β€” share food you won’t eat
bonus: maybe an option for restaurants to join and a separate UI?
3. πŸ’• An app that helps you engage strangers in random impromptu games/challenges/conversations -- it could use geolocation to see whether another app user is in proximity
4. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ An app for bored people that sends fun activities, brain teasers or goofy challenges
5. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• Pair-programming app that helps you set up fruitful collaboration bonus: accountability check
6. 🎁 A hands-free game like this one: https://duckhunt-handsfree.glitch.me
7. 🎁 A lorem ipsum generator like https://www.affirmations.madewithtech.com/
8. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• A quiz-based site that challenges you to transform functions to arrow functions, to use destructuring or translate methods between js and ruby
9. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ A news site that uses IBM Watson to determine if a given news piece feels angry, etc.
10. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ πŸ’• A page that helps people with dyscalculia to determine how much money they have in the wallet
11. 🎁 A page that generates a Piet Mondrian random painting. Or Sol Lewitt. Or Pollack.
12. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ An app/extension that helps you save a link to your bookmarks
bonus: it could also work on slack
13. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• An Alexa Skill that tells you nice things every day
bonus: maybe they are in some way personalized?
14. 🎁 Some kind of online treasure hunt?
bonus: πŸ’• with an option to communicate with others?
15. 🌍 An app that calculates how much carbon footprint your grocery shopping/general habits contribute to and educates you on eco-lifestyle
16. 🌍 An app that calculates how much water your clothes used to be created (and maybe invites others to do the same?)
17. 🎁 An interactive timeline of some music history / game history / social justice stuff /
18. 🎁 A website that creates a newspaper front page with news of your choosing or with media uploaded by you
19. 🎁 An app for people who just moved to the city that responds to geolocation and sends out facts about the area
20. 🎁 OMG imagine a game in which you are given someone’s browser search history and on that basis invites you to make some guesses about the person
21. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ A gaming reddit scanning app that looks for most common sexist comments, then checks a bingo board and sends automatic comment if more than 30% of the board is checked, like this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/195625177536611475/
22. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ πŸ’• An app that helps you report uneven sidewalks instantly, with a click
23. 🎁 A sneakers/Magic the Gathering card trading app
24. 🎁 An app that helps you builds a roll call for film production
25. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ An app that helps you keep track of your online subscriptions
bonus: it sends notifications when the free trial is done
26. πŸ’• An app that helps you and your team log the errors/bugs you got this week and invites you to celebrate as a team every 100th bug
27. 🎁 A website that sends you push notifications/emails every day with some very specific trivia
28. 🎁 πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• An app that generates app ideas
29. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ An app that reminds you to water/move your plants.
30. 🎁 Mad-libs horoscope app
31. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• An app that helps you locate the nearest available bathroom, allows you to rate its cleanliness/accessibility, leave comments + has a filter for gender-neutral bathrooms
32. 🎁 πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ Data visualization of any of the OpenDataNYC
33. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• Dating app for social justice warriors
34. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• A meeting scheduling app that forces you to include in the agenda 15-minute breaks every 3 hours and an hour-long lunch break
35. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ πŸ’• A carpooling app that prevents drivers from canceling on e.g. people with disabilities, or PoC
36. πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€βš–οΈ A Slack chatbot that corrects your messages with regards to inclusive language
37. πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ A weather app (hold off judgment) that actually tells you how to dress -- New York's 50F is very different from Berlin's 50F due to humidity

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Scott Simontis

This is by far the coolest list of app ideas I think I have ever seen.

Mad props!

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Wow! Thank you! Your comment motivates me to:
a) write more!
b) MAKE these apps :D
Thanks!

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Scott Simontis

It's ambitious but I think I may do something modeled after #22 with traffic infrastructure in general...I used to work for traffic engineering firms and if enough people were willing to share data of how long they are stuck at lights it could produce enough data to create an empirical basis for forcing the Dept of Transportation or city Civil Works to do a traffic study at an intersection to recalculate timings. The super ambitious route would be throwing it into a ML model and finding the most optimal traffic signal timings!

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Sylwia Vargas Author

I love it!! That’s a very important issue considering how much time is spent in cars. Awesome! If you do it, share it! I’ll be super curious to see it.

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Colin Rhys

Great post. I also went to a bootcamp and tried to come up with different ideas for project with friends. Great πŸ‘ list!

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Thank you! How kind. Now that I work at a bootcamp, I decided to create resources that help students and code newbies not worry about fluff stuff like this :)

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Colin Rhys

I mean it. #28 is great πŸ˜‰. Great resource. I wish i knew about this website when I want at the Bootcamp.

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Ami Scott (they/them)

I love how many of these are targeted at helping marginalized groups and communities. There are a few bathroom finder apps but I've been thinking about putting my own spin on it because I know finding gender neutral bathrooms is always a challenge for me.

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Exactly! I am always trying to integrate as much information about socially-conscious tech as possible. If you end up creating such an app, I'd be really happy to see it!

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Seid Akhmed Agitaev

I am actually working on #28 as my final year projectπŸ™„

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Oh, that's amazing! If you remember to share it once you're done, I'd love to encourage my students to use it! ❀️

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Mushira Shaikh

Heyy, How was it? I wanted to do a similar project, did u publish any paper??

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Lorenzo

Wow!

I wanted to do something to learn some front-end and back-end dev (I'm mainly an embedded developer) and this is the best idea list I've ever seen.

Thank you!

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Sylwia Vargas Author

How wonderful! I’m so curious what you’ll create. If you end up making something, please share β€” I’d love to add links and examples to the blogpost to help people get connected and inspired!

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se se subbu

They are good ideas. Love to try to to create while learning. Thanks

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Sylwia Vargas Author

That's awesome! If you create any, share them! I'd love to include examples in this post!

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Prabhudutta Kar

Awesome ideas!
This would surely inspire the developers, especially the newbies to innovate and create stuffs!
Great workπŸ‘

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Thank you! That's so kind of you! ✨

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Matej Ramuta

37: I made an Android app that did that many years ago (but it's not on Google Play anymore). I named it "RainMama" πŸ˜„

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Oh, that’s really great! Do you have any screen recordings or readme? I’d love to give it as an example in the post ad/or to my students!

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Matej Ramuta

I found some screenshots - bear in mind this is from 2012 :)

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It was a simple Android app that accessed the user's approximate location (no need for fine GPS location) and got weather data from some weather API (can't remember which one, maybe OpenWeatherMap?).

You could open the app and it would suggest what to wear based on the current weather. Or you could receive a notification when the weather would change, saying smth like "Don't forget to take your umbrella with you" :)

Hope this helps :)

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Sylwia Vargas Author

That's awesome (and also very early 2010s :D )! I'll add a shoutout to you in the next edit!

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riyajahamedi

Great post :)

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Thank you! ❀️

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Tamara Temple

excellent list!

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Thank you, Tamara! So kind of you.

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Tess

wow this is amazing!

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Sylwia Vargas Author

your kindness is amazing! ❀️

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Simba Mupfukudzwa

Very col and original suggestions.
Thank you!

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Thank you for your kindness! Have a wonderful day!

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Abel Lifaefi Mbula

There is also a well-organized list here: github.com/florinpop17/app-ideas

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Oh, thank you! I will contribute my ideas there as well!

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Ray Paseur

An app that sorts the restaurant's menu by least calories and shows those first ;-)

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Sylwia Vargas Author

Yes! Or by the amount and quality of oil / salt / sugar used :)

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TomΓ‘Ε‘ Roj

Great content. Keep it up! Btw would you be interested in giving me feedback on my article? dev.to/tomasroj/basic-controls-ado...

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Anik Khan

Just mind-blowing!😍 This article is timeless. More and more people need this to save koalasπŸ˜‰
I will definitely dive into some of those. Thanks for sharing.😊

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Daniel Hintz

I've gone through dozens of these app-ideas lists - this one is by far the most creative and interesting. I love #3 and #19!